Joining a line that stretches back to Simon & Garfunkel’s contributions to The Graduate and runs through Karen O’s soundtrack for the upcoming Where the Wild Things Are, Sam Means of currently-on-hiatus Phoenix-based pop-rockers the Format will release his soundtrack to last year’s indie comedy The Sinking of Santa Isabel on September 29.
According to Means, the soundtrack — which features six full songs and twenty instrumental tracks — came together almost by accident. “I received a phone call from the director, Michael Hamblin, asking if I would be interested in scoring his new film,” Means tells SPIN.com. “He informed me the original score had been pulled, so the budget was long gone, and there seemed to be a mild sense of urgency to get it done. It was a challenge I happily accepted. Who needs a budget when you have a laptop, a cheap microphone, and some extremely helpful friends?”
The result? “Saying this soundtrack is lo-fi might be an understatement,” explains Means, “but I think it works.”
If the rest of the album is like the sweetly sleepy “Yeah Yeah,” Means has nothing to worry about. Take a listen below and tell us what you think of Means’ first post-Format release in the comments section.
LISTEN: Sam Means, “Yeah Yeah” (DOWNLOAD MP3)